Post race blues are a very real thing that some runners deal with after completing a big race. I’ve known that for a while now. It’s mentioned a lot in books, magazines, and websites. After months of training you finally cross that finish line and revel in your accomplishment. Then, maybe a week or two, or three later running seems to lose all it’s fun and you feel pretty down in the dumps. I mean, that’s the way it’s supposed to go, right?
That’s not the case for me, however. It’s been exactly 1 month and 28 days since I completed my first half marathon (thanks countdown app for keeping track of that for me). I took the usual precautions to help stave off any kind of negative post race feelings. I did a festive 5k fun run, I was going to participate in the annual Runners World run streak, I had a plan. And like most plans, things didn’t go exactly the way I wanted. After the fun run I had to end my streak and took almost 3 weeks off of running due to an injury.
While that was no fun, I was still super proud of my accomplishment, 13.1 miles is no joke! And I was cross training, stretching, and had a plan and couldn’t wait to get back into running. And that’s basically where I am now. Getting back into running.
Of course I have a plan, haha if you couldn’t tell, I like plans. 😉 But that plan just seems like too much and not enough all at the same time. Like, looking at my scheduled and seeing a “long” run of only 4 miles is kind of depressing. I mean, towards the end of half marathon training my long runs were 10 miles. I feel like I need more than 4 measly miles! But at the same time, actually getting those miles done seems like a huge burden. I’m a super slow runner, so it would take me a while to do. Plus I’m probably always going to be a super slow runner so what’s the point? Why bother doing any kind of structured work outs or follow a training plan at all? Maybe I should just run for my health and swear off of participating in any more races. I’m always going to end up disappointed with my times and the fact that I’m a back of the packer. But the thought of not participating in anymore events also makes me sad. Meeting other runners in that kind of situation is A LOT of fun.
Anyways, I’m not trying to throw a pity party here. I’m just feeling really torn and down and bleh about running right now. I know I’m going to keep running, participate in races, and keep striving for improvement. And maybe that just means I’m not going to have as much fun doing it right now. Running isn’t always fun, I’ve known that for a while, but I also know that it always ends up being worth it.
Have you ever suffered from post race blues?
Did you do anything special to help move on from them?